Richard "Pistol" Allen

Born: 
08/12/1932
City: 
Memphis
Region: 
Tennessee
Country: 
USA
Died: 
06/30/2002
Years Active: 
1950's-2000's
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Drums
Notable Equipment: 
Image Credit: 
By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31697556

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Richard "Pistol" Allen was the primary recording session drummer for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band on most of Holland-Dozier-Holland's hit productions of the 1960s. Hits for which Allen played the drums include "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" by Martha & the Vandellas, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by the Four Tops.

Allen's influences included Max Roach, Buddy Rich, and fellow Funk Brother Benny Benjamin. He played a studio set made up of Ludwig, Slingerland, Rogers and Gretsch components.

Allen died on June 30, 2002 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 69, almost six months before Standing in the Shadows of Motown came out.

Discography

Released: 1973
Released: 1976
Released: 2004
Released: 2004

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Recording Session 06/20/1963 Motown Studios Detroit Michigan USA
Milt Jackson & the Johnny O'Neal Trio 10/21/1980 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Milt Jackson & the Johnny O'Neal Trio 10/22/1980 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Milt Jackson & the Johnny O'Neal Trio 10/23/1980 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Milt Jackson & the Johnny O'Neal Trio 10/24/1980 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Milt Jackson & the Johnny O'Neal Trio 10/26/1980 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Jazz! 06/22/1981 Toni Baloni's Lounge Windsor Ontario Canada
Montreux-Detroit Kool Jazz Festival 08/30/1984 State Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Pistol Allen Quartet / Russel Green Quartet 08/31/1984 Bert's Place Detroit Michigan USA
Pistol Allen Quartet / Russel Green Quartet 09/01/1984 Bert's Place Detroit Michigan USA
Pistol Allen Quartet / Russel Green Quartet 09/02/1984 Bert's Place Detroit Michigan USA
Pistol Allen Quintet 12/19/1986 Bert's Place Detroit Michigan USA
Pistol Allen Quintet 12/20/1986 Bert's Place Detroit Michigan USA
Four Generations of Jazz 06/28/1987 Chene Park Amphitheater Detroit Michigan USA
Kenny Burrell Quartet 11/24/1987 Baker's Uptown Pontiac Michigan USA
Kenny Burrell Quartet 11/25/1987 Baker's Uptown Pontiac Michigan USA
Kenny Burrell Quartet 11/26/1987 Baker's Uptown Pontiac Michigan USA
Kenny Burrell Quartet 11/27/1987 Baker's Uptown Pontiac Michigan USA
Kenny Burrell Quartet 11/28/1987 Baker's Uptown Pontiac Michigan USA
Pistol Allen 08/01/1988 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA
The Magnificents 06/03/1994 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
The Magnificents 06/04/1994 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
The Magnificents 07/15/1994 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
The Magnificents 07/16/1994 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/03/1994 Hart Plaza Detroit Michigan USA

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